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Govt formally proposes three names for caretaker premiership

Govt formally proposes three names for caretaker premiership

ISLAMABAD, (SANA: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf , in a letter to Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has proposed the three names for the office of the care-taker prime minister

The federal government on Thursday proposed the names of Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Dr Ishrat Hussain and Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso for the slot of caretaker prime minister.

The letter said that the persons are of known standing, integrity and competence.

The Prime Minister said that we can discuss and deliberate on the names put forward both by the government and the opposition at a mutually convenient time so that we can agree on a suitable person in line with the constitutional obligations.

The Prime Minister hoped that he looks forward for an early response so that they can put a closure to the issue and move forward to set the stage for holding general elections in the country.

The Prime Minister said that he have held in-depth consultations with his allies as well as within the Party in keeping with the same spirit on the names proposed by Leader of the Opposition .

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has proposed the names of three potential candidates from the PPP side in response to a letter earlier written by the leader of the opposition.

Meanwhile, sources in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the leading party in the opposition, has also called an important session to discuss the names put forth by the prime minister.

The opposition leader, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has already proposed three nominees for caretaker premiership which includes Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid, Justice (retd) Shakirullah Jan and Sindhi politician Rasul Bakhsh Paleejo.

Under the article 224 of the constitution, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and opposition leader Nisar Ali Khan now have three days after the dissolution of assemblies. They are expected to conclude their consultations on the caretaker prime minister till March 16.

In case of an agreement, one name will be sent to the president for appointment.

Two days ago the Pakistan People’s Party-led government completed its term, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Thursday proposed the names of former finance minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, economist Ishrat Hussain and retd judge Mir Hazar Khan Khoso for the post of caretaker premier.

It is pertinent to mention here that Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, who has taught at Harvard and Cambridge universities and worked for the World Bank, had resigned as finance minister on February 19 amidst growing speculation that he would play a key role in the caretaker set-up.

But Abdul Hafeez Sheikh is not acceptable to the PML-N as he had served as a minister under former dictator Pervez Musharraf.

Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has also been criticized for failing to tackle weak economic growth, a huge budget deficit and dwindling foreign exchange reserves.

He was unable to push through reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund, including the widening of the tax base.

Ishrat Hussain is a leading banker and economist who served as head of the State Bank of Pakistan, the country s central bank, from December 1999 to December 2005.

Mir Hazar Khan Khoso retired as the chief justice of the high court of Balochistan in 1991.

However, according to the constitution, if the two leaders fail to agree on one name for the key position, an eight-member parliamentary committee will be constituted by the National Assembly Speaker to select one name from the list of nominees as caretaker PM.

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